International cooperation with Iceland

Representatives of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) attended a study visit to Iceland to get to know the activities of the Icelandic Center of Research Agency (RANNÍS) and the Innovation Center Island Agency (Innovation Center) in Reykjavik. At the meeting, the new KAPPA Programme was introduced as well as the possibilities of cooperation at the international level. 

The aim of these meetings was to become more familiar with the activities of the agencies, the processes of programmes implementation and sharing good experiences. Another important aim was financing opportunities at the international level particularly in the KAPPA Programme financed from the EEA and Norway Grants. One of the topics of discussion were the foreign partners´search options. 

The study visit was followed by a visit to two Research Centers which are successful in solving many research projects. Due to the small community, Iceland has a very strong social cohesion and there is a very close relationship between organisations not only in the field of support of applied research and innovation. Iceland and all of the visited workplaces are on the top level and the gained valuable experience was a great benefit for TA CR. 

A great interest was expressed in projects with Czech participants several times. In particular, power engineers, geneticists, IT specialists, as well as biologists, geologists, sociologists and others.

Foto: Chairman of the TA CR Petr Konvalinka and General Director of the RANNÍS Hallgrímur Jónasson.